Minister for Climate and Energy Lykke Friis had praise for the work of the Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy after it released its report today detailing how the county can wean itself off coal, natural gas and oil.
“My first impression is that the Commission did a great job. It looks as if we now have a toolbox we can use to help us meet the Government’s goal of breaking Denmark’s dependence on fossil fuels,”
Friis said.“The biggest question for me in this discussion is: ‘Do we want to continue to pay billions of kroner each year to foreign countries to support our dependence on oil and natural gas, or would we rather spend the money here at home to develop our own green energy technologies?’ For me, there’s no doubt in my mind that the latter is preferable.”
The Climate Commission’s report contains specific recommendations for how the country can manage the transition to green energy. Friis said the Government will in the coming weeks take a closer look at the recommendations as it works to formulate its strategy.“I expect that by the end of the year we will be able to present the Government’s strategy for how Denmark can become independent of fossil fuels. This will make us one of the first countries to present a complete strategy for replacing coal, oil and natural gas with renewable energy sources,”
Friis said, adding that a key consideration will be the effect the transition will have on the competitiveness of the nation’s businesses and on ordinary people’s budgets. “We know that a rising price of energy is going to attach a cost to the transition. But, the Commission has also shown that the price isn’t that much higher than remaining dependent on fossil fuels. Precisely because there are costs associated with this, we need to be careful about how we do it. It is imperative for the Government that the transition to a society that is independent of fossil fuels doesn’t come at the cost of competitiveness and employment. Our job now is to go back and take a hard look at the proposals before we formulate the Government’s strategy.”
The Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy was set up in 2008. It is made up of 10 independent members. Click here to view pictures of the Minister for Climate and Energy Lykke Friis reviewing the Climate Commission’s report.